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“Well worth a visit”

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Ranked #18 of 154 things to do in Halifax
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Art museum focusing on provincial and Canadian artwork in various mediums.
Reviewed 17 January 2018

Even if you are not an Art buff, this gallery is worth a visit if only to see the work of Maud Lewis, a native Canadian who was crippled with arthritis but who managed to paint naive pictures for sale until she died. Her little house, with paintings by Maud on every wall, was saved by the Province of Nova Scotia and moved it to the Art Gallery. Good for them!

Thank Vicky R
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Reviewed 10 December 2017

The gallery is in two buildings and we were like many there for the Maude Lewis exhibit, which was wonderful. But unlike some other comments here, we found much else that was interesting here and were lucky enough to tag onto a guided tour explaining in fascinating detail the history and restoration of the manuscript of the plainchant from the salzines antiphonal. We purchased the cd of the chants from the gift shop which also had a booklet which great care had been put into.

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Reviewed 22 November 2017 via mobile

This gallery is a beautiful historic building and the permanent collection has uniquely Nova Scotian art. The Maud Lewis exhibit was outstanding! Really enjoyed the gallery and gift shop and bistro were great too.

Thank GuyoftheGlobe
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Reviewed 17 November 2017

Not usually our thing but we needed something to do on a wet day so we called in. There was plenty of space to move around and step back to view items on display including an interesting piece with a circle of stones on the floor lit by a light to seem like rocks in a pool and accompanied by a dripping tap noise seemed very real but also peaceful. The original manuscript for Anne of Green Gables was a plus. Also a Chinese scrool painting from I thing 12th century alongside a film of the same mountains made recently with images of the local area and the way people live now- a very powerful symbolic contrast. Comfortable chairs for those with "gallery feet"! Well worth the time spent there. We treated ourselves to a coffee in the gallery cafe. Good coffee and excellent service.

Thank Barbara D
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Reviewed 17 November 2017

For those Maude Lewis Lovers, this exhibit is a real treat. I loved that the museum restored her old house and resurrected it inside the museum. If you love her, come and see it just for that. The rest of the art gallery however, requires serious upgrade. The childish watercolours drawn by numerous autistic children would best be viewed on Grandma's living room wall, and the old enlarged Kodak photographs of Cambodia or a clover patch should have been left in the attic. Where are the works from Nova Scotia artists?? Does the City have no regard for local talent? There is no weaving, no history, no paintings, NO ART!! Not even any borrowed or on consignment!? Because of the Maude Lewis exhibit (around 50 pieces plus her old house), this art gallery is still a must see visit, but be sure to let administration know that art from actual Nova Scotia artists would be a welcome if not necessary addition to the Art Gallery! Also, admission is free on Thursday evening!

Thank HeatherFerguson
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